Entre Nous: Essays on Thinking-of-the-Other by Emmanuel LevinasEntre Nous: Essays on Thinking-of-the-Other by Emmanuel Levinas

Entre Nous: Essays on Thinking-of-the-Other

byEmmanuel LevinasTranslated byMichael Smith, Barbara Harshav

Paperback | May 24, 2000

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Emmanuel Levinas is one of the most important figures of twentieth-century philosophy. Exerting a profound influence upon such thinkers as Derrida, Lyotard, Blanchot, and Irigaray, Levinas's work bridges several major gaps in the evolution of continental philosophy-between modern and postmodern, phenomenology and poststructuralism, ethics and ontology. He is credited with having spurred a revitalized interest in ethics-based philosophy throughout Europe and America.

Entre Nous (Between Us) is the culmination of Levinas's philosophy. Published in France a few years before his death, it gathers his most important work and reveals the development of his thought over nearly forty years of committed inquiry. Along with several trenchant interviews published here, these essays engage with issues of suffering, love, religion, culture, justice, human rights, and legal theory. Taken together, they constitute a key to Levinas's ideas on the ethical dimensions of otherness.

Working from the phenomenological method of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, Levinas pushed beyond the limits of their framework to argue that it is ethics, not ontology, that orients philosophy, and that responsibility precedes reasoning. Ethics for Levinas means responsibility in relation to difference. Throughout his work, Levinas returns to the metaphor of the face of the other to discuss how and where responsibility enters our lives and makes philosophy necessary. For Levinas, ethics begins with our face to face interaction with another person-seeing that person not as a reflection of one's self, nor as a threat, but as different and greater than self. Levinas moves the reader to recognize the implications of this interaction: our abiding responsibility for the other, and our concern with the other's suffering and death.

Situated at the crossroads of several philosophical schools and approaches, Levinas's work illuminates a host of critical issues and has found resonances among students and scholars of literature, law, religion, and politics. Entre Nous is at once the apotheosis of his work and an accessible introduction to it. In the end, Levinas's urgent meditations upon the face of the other suggest a new foundation upon which to grasp the nature of good and evil in the tangled skein of our lives.

Emmanuel Levinas was professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne and the director of the Ecole Normale Superieur Israélite Orientale until his death in 1995. He exerted a profound influence on twentieth century continental philosophy, providing inspiration for Derrida, Lyotard, Blanchot, Irigary, and Finkielkraut, among others. Among his ...
Title:Entre Nous: Essays on Thinking-of-the-OtherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:May 24, 2000Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Is Ontology Fundamental?The I and the TotalityLevy-Bruhl and Contemporary PhilosophyA Man-God?A New Rationality: On Gabriel MarcelHermeneutics and the BeyondPhilosophy and AwakeningUseless SufferingPhilosophy, Justice, and LoveNonintentional ConsciousnessFrom the One to the Other: Transcendence and TimeThe Rights of Man and Good WillDiachrony and RepresentationThe Philosophical Determination of the Idea of CultureUniquenessTotality and InfinityDialogue on Thinking-of-the-Other"Dying for..."The Idea of the Infinite in UsThe Other, Utopia, and Justice

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Emmanuel Levinas was one of the most influential figures of philosophy during the 20th century and a professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne until his death in 1995. Among his works translated into English are Proper Names and Otherwise Than Being. Entre Nous: Essays on Thinking-of-the-Other, translated by Michael B. Smith and Barbara Harshaw, gathers his most important interviews and his philosophical writings from time spent in Europe and America. Levinas’ essays impact on the reader by tackling universal issues of suffering, love, religion, justice, legal theory, culture and human rights.

Editorial Reviews

An excellent introduction to one of the most influential Continental philosophers.... Exceptionally stimulating.

Levinas's thought has had a profound influence on twentieth-century European philosophy. This collection of essays on religion, politics, and the primacy of ethics presents a superb introduction to his work. It allows us to see the scope and significance of one of the defining thinkers of our time.